Fans of Oldham Athletic will fondly remember the original resurrection under John Sheridan in his previous stint at the club.

With Oldham left in 22nd position and five points from safety after the inevitable sacking of David Dunn, it was left to Sheridan to guide the Latics to an almost impossible task of avoiding relegation to Sky Bet League Two.

In 22 games, he managed to pick up 33 points and guide Oldham to 17th position in Sky Bet League One.

However, after his almighty success in the 2015/16 season, Sheridan decided to seek pastures new, with Notts County making an approach for him.

He signed a three-year deal with the Magpies whereas Oldham made Northern Ireland coach and Motherwell assistant manager Stephen Robinson their manager for the 2016/2017 campaign.

Both Sheridan and Robinson failed in their positions.

Sheridan was sacked after nine successive defeats on 2nd January and Robinson was also sacked after a run of poor results on 12th January.

On the same day as Robinson’s sacking, Sheridan returned to SportsDirect.com Park, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Robinson had left the Latics in a vulnerable position, three points from safety and in supposed freefall with the team not managing to pick up a win since 18th October.

However, Sheridan managed to work his managerial magic instantly, picking up a 1-0 win against Gillingham two days after he was hired.

In his current stint at the club, he has managed 14 games, picking up a total of 24 points.

Notable victories against Peterborough United, Charlton Athletic, Northampton Town and Oxford United have seen Oldham climb out of the relegation zone into 20th position, five points clear of Port Vale in 21st position.

However, with Port Vale having three games in hand, Oldham are definitely not out of the relegation battle yet.

Oldham also have a difficult a number of difficult fixtures from now till the end of the season.

Games against teams such as Sheffield United, Fleetwood Town and Bolton Wanderers will most definitely test the resolution of the Latics in their fight for survival.

Oldham will be hoping that injuries are kept to a minimum with a lack of depth in key areas of the pitch.

Peter Clarke and Anthony Gerrard will hope to continue their great form in defence, with a huge helping hand from Oldham’s star player Connor Ripley.

The midfield has been less than impressive across the season, with players such as Ryan Flynn not having the desired effect in creating chances for the forwards.

However, the loan signing of Latics favourite Chris Taylor has added flair into the midfield and the hard-working Paul Green has been outstanding in winning back the ball and feeding the creative players in the team.

Striker Amadi-Holloway will be hoping he can add goals to his impressive, gritty performances in recent games alongside forgotten man Lee Erwin who, after his brace against Oxford United, has appeared as a contender to add the vital goals needed to fire Latics away from the relegation zone, as Curtis Main did in the previous resurrection under Sheridan.

Taking all of this information into account, I personally believe that we will witness the Shezurrection Mk.II.

Despite this, the players, staff and fans must not become complacent, and must provide everything needed to finish the job.

And, judging on recent matches, it seems that everyone is fulfilling their roles to ensure that the Latics prepare for a much brighter campaign in Sky Bet League One next season.

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